Lone Elk Park
Lone Elk Park
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Valerie Hays
Saint Louis, MO166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is a great day trip! You can take your time, picnic, walk trails and get up close and personal with the animals. I recommend staying around until late afternoon, the animals are more active and the buffalo come to the road around 5 o'clock(March) Also, don't be afraid to travel the driving route several times, every time you loop back through, you will get a new view. Great family activity!
Written April 16, 2020
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Lazearopinion2
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Such a gorgeous Park that is entry free ( but nice to add some cash into donation box). The Elk and deer are as you'd expect; just casually roaming and foraging for acorns right now. No pets allowed for good reason. After our drive we got out and hiked the White Bison Trail throughout the woods(3+ mile). We had a massive male Elk walk right in front of us about 20 feet in the woods! Wonderful outdoor experience.
Written November 1, 2021
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Mike O
Roanoke, VA1,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We were so pleased to find a family of eight Bison grazing along the roadside. We stopped our car a respectable distance and just watched. They all munched and wandered toward our car, passed by, and kept going. All-in-all we spent 20 minutes peacefully watching. Terrific experience. Afterwards we parked at the closed Visitor Center and hiked the 3.1 mile Bison Trail loop around the lake. Saw plenty of deer, woodpeckers, and a family of elk along the trail. It was well marked and easy to follow.
Written June 17, 2021
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c.c. rider
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
Beautiful day with the animals active. Many female elk in the water, a few male elk with majestic antlers, and bison on the road with two babies. As well as six raccoons and birds...and we didn't make it to the bird sanctuary. Driving around can be a little tricky especially getting to the park. But inside you can keep doing circles and see something new. Some trails but havent tried as there are, yes, ELK out there.
Written July 13, 2020
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Kathy D
Saint Louis, MO371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We drove through the park in about 30 minutes. During that short time, we spotted 18 graceful elk and 16 playful raccoons. Most of these animals were playing along the spurs that lead to the picnic shelters. Designate a passenger to keep an eye out for elk, so the driver can keep eyes on the road. Drive carefully, because many raccoon families are scampering along the road.
Written July 4, 2022
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Christine M
Saint Louis, MO95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I am fortunate to live near such a special place. I visit often, although I have different animal encounters each and every time. Sometimes the Elk are swimming in the pond, sometimes they are resting in the grass and sometimes they are stopping traffic as they cross the road (although the humans don't mind). The bulls, usually off by themselves, are magnificent with their impressive antlers. I've had the best luck seeing the Bison in the afternoon (during the summer months, anyway). The cute youngsters follow closely behind their mothers. I've also seen raccoon families, White-tailed Deer with their young and lots of beautiful Red-headed Woodpeckers. The animals are well protected there, and therefore are not afraid.
Written September 25, 2023
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Leanne C
West Chester, PA236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We enjoyed this hike immensely! We arrived early in the day and did a drive through first to get the lay of the land. The hiking area (where the elk reside) is separated from the bison area by fencing. We were there in mid October (rutting season for the elk) and you WILL see the animals.
After parking, we set off to hike the White Bison trail which is a wonderful loop trail which I would rate as moderate. This trail travels through woods and circles a lake. It was wonderful to see the elk roaming around - the bulls were bugling which is part of their mating ritual, it was thrilling to see & hear. You need to be cautious & stay clear of them though. Use your head & give them the right of way & a wide berth.
Written December 13, 2022
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dongannthemagicman
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Do you have 30 minutes, an hour or more that you want to spend watching animals without even leaving your car? Lone Elk Park is a Drive through experience not to be missed. Unlike the name there are dozens of elk,bison and deer roaming the park and plenty of pullouts where you can sit and watch them in their natural surroundings. I have seen bull elk wrestling for domination of the herd as well as mother's teaching their babies to swim. I have seen the whole bison herd circling around one brand new calf. and I have seen deer bucks courting young doe. There is always something amazing every time I visit. And it is free. But please leave a little something in the donation box so we can keep enjoying this awesome facility.
Written May 23, 2020
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suts11
Anchorage, AK89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Pleasantly surprised to find this in the outer city of STL. Park is free or you can make a small donation. They suggest $1. Beautiful scenery & it was great to see elk, bison & deer. Would be great for couples or family. The visitors center had some good information but it would be nice if they eventually upgraded it. Would recommend & return again.
Written August 17, 2023
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DebbieK43
Saint Louis, MO12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We live near Lone Elk Park and go there often. Just went a few weeks ago and saw large elk with large horns, lots of deer, buffalo and even a raccoon looking for a hand out. It is nice to be able to stay in your car and experience seeing the animals during this pandemic time when you can't do many other things that would require you to mingle with other people. We went near dusk which is when you see more deer. Always like going there, very peaceful.
Written September 30, 2020
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